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This fine disc of Debussy’s music for two pianos includes a version of Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune transcribed by the composer himself, demonstrating his venerable ability to create nuances of colour even without the resources of a full orchestra at his disposal. Played with lightness and dexterity by French pianists Philippe Cassard and François Chaplin, this music ebbs and flows through splashes of light and dark, silver and gold, displaying Debussy’s characteristic richness of texture and enchanting harmonic landscape to full effect. Cassard and Chaplin are well attuned to one another, playing with well-drilled rhythmic precision – perhaps too much so in some passages, which could benefit from a little more rubato and rhythmic freedom. But overall they present this music with excitement and charm, from the gentle rocking of the boat in the Petite Suite to the glittering pyrotechnics of the final Scherzando.

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